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Destiny Martinez, second Grader, and Kyle Webber, first Grader, stand with their prizes for being the grand finalist and second runner-up in the 2016 Earth Day Poster Contest at Condor Elementary School June 6, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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NREA Recognizes Earth Day Poster Creators

9 Jun 2016 | Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Representatives of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs recognized students from Twentynine Palms and Condor Elementary Schools June 2 and 6, 2016, for their participation in the 2016 Earth Day Poster Contest.

Community members who attended the Combat Center’s Earth Day Extravaganza April 15, 2016 voted for their favorite posters. The top three will be used in the Consumer Confidence Report, which comes out every year and covers such topics as water quality and consumption rates for the installation.

“This year we had hundreds of posters come to us so it was difficult to choose only 12,” said Chris Elliott, water resource manager, NREA. “We chose 12 finalists so that we could create a calendar featuring all the finalists and their posters. This way we could keep recycling and resource conservation a message throughout the year, as well as inspire more participation from the children next year.”

The top three finalists received prizes that included scooters, helmets and activity books. The 12 finalists received calendars to take home.

“For the members of the NREA to come out here and recognize the students is a great way to promote the event for the rest of the students,” said Paul Gattuso, principal, Condor Elementary. “The other students can see who won the contest. This will inspire them to participate next year. Having people from the base recognize their work is an honor for students.”

NREA plans to hold the contest again next year to promote Earth Day and to continue to inspire to local students to conserve.

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